The Catholic Church resorts to desperate shenanigans in attempt to garner “Latino” support to defend the canonization of Junipero Serra and save dwindling church membership.
Let’s get this straight. In the sense that the Church and it’s media cohorts are trying to imply, Junipero Serra is not “Hispanic” , nor is Pope Francis the “First Latino Pope”. In desperation to gain support for their questionable canonization of Junipero Serra, and to rejuvenate dwindling church membership, the Catholic Church via the Los Angeles Archdiocese has launched a campaign to reshape Serra’s image. An image which is tainted by the fact he was usher to the cultural genocide of California’s Indigenous peoples.
The strategy being used by the Catholic Church is to frame Serra and Pope Francis as, what I call, the so-called “Hispanic” and so-called “Latino”. The Catholic Church is making the inference that opponents of Serra’s canonization are somehow attacking or have racist motives toward (so-called) “Latino/Hispanics”.